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Quantopia - The Evolution of the Internet

“Quantopia” is a riff on “Quantified Utopia” - a remix of two powerful terms. Plato first conceived of Utopia in his opus The Republic as a Socratic dialog, one of the foundations of Western philosophy. Utopia has a root term in "topos" - same root for "topology" or landscape. A dialog is a conversation, and of course, the Internet and the Web are the biggest conversations humanity has ever had. I wanted to make an acoustic portrait of the sheer impact of the Internet on our society over the last 50 years, and explore in sound the fact that sound - like the fiber optic cables, satellite signals, wireless networks, and data centers that hold the modern world together - it's all about pattern recognition. 

We worked with Internet Archive's "WayBack Machine" to look for open source archival material to think of "DJ-ing the Web" based on open source/shareware as a core component of the cultural impact of the Web. The Archive is a way of engaging information overload by playing with fragments. We live in an era of the "Quantified Self" - a place where most aspects of contemporary life are informed by the invisible and deeply connected power of numeracy. But the idea of a civic society based on information even reflects some of the most powerful issues of digital governance. That's why I translated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into binary code, and had the chorus sing it. Like Plato once envisioned - society too is made of patterns. I wanted to explore the radical changes the Internet has unleashed in our time. This is just the beginning. 

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

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QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet 

Movement I: Mimesis - De Revolutionibus 
Movement II: Diegesis - Roots, Routes, Rights 
Movement III: Elpis - Polygon Chaos 

Composed by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky 

Visual design by Greg Niemeyer, Roger Antonsen and MEDIUM Labs 

Featuring performances by DJ Spooky, Classical Revolution and San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valerie Sainte-Agathe 

Classical Revolution string quartet is: Charith Premawardhana, violin Victoria Perenyi, violin, Carl Larson, viola Joey Chang, cello 

San Francisco Girls Chorus is: Valerie Sainte-Agathe, Artistic Director, Kelsey Greenberg Valentina Kornach, Sadie Flabas Sarah Liu, Eva Jackson Maggie Lu, Allegra Kelly Eva Melin-Gompper, Eleanor Murphy-Weise, Asha Sager, Eliana Schiller, Sophia Zuzga 

MEDIUM Labs is: Pax, Founder; Aja Duniven, VR/AR Creative Lead; Alex Rideout, Lead VR Developer 

Video director: Greg Niemeyer 

Color editor: Lisa Esters CGI editor: Oliver Moldow 

Additional network animator: Brian Lo Archive researcher: Leilah Talukder 

Company stage manager & production manager: Annie March 

Project manager: Andi Wong 

Thanks to the production crew at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 

Produced by Sozo Artists, Inc. with additional support from Sozo Impact, Inc. 
Producers: Rika lino & Annie March 

Commissioned by Internet Archive; a Flewlett 50 Arts Commission funded by the 
William and Flora Flewlett Foundation. Presented in association with YBCA. 

Special thanks to Brewster Kahle and Wendy Hanamura of Internet Archive. 

Worldwide Representation for Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky: Sozo Artists, Inc. 
info@sozomedia.com 
+1 (917) 791-3680 
www.sozoartists.com @sozoartists 

Greg Niemeyer’s visual design features media preserved in the Internet Archive. 

Tower Records footage courtesy Center for Sacramento History (CSH). 

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Internet Archive & DJ Spooky's QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet A Multimedia Hip Hop Concert Experience About the History and Exponential Growth of the Internet Composed and performed by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky Visual design by Greg Niemeyer Additional visual design by MEDIUM Labs and Roger Antonsen Featuring Classical Revolution and San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe  Commissioned by Internet Archive with major support from William and Flora...
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On May 9, 2018 a group of SFUSD art teachers gathered at the Internet Archive to watch a performance by Paul "DJ Spooky" Miller and discuss art programs in schools. Miller is the 2017-2018 recipient of the The Hewlett 50 Arts Commission Award which will support the creation of " Sonic Web ," a multimedia performance and an installation based on the history and evolution of the internet, which will premiere at the Internet Archive in January 2019.
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QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet Movement I: Mimesis - De Revolutionibus Composed by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky Visual design by Greg Niemeyer, Roger Antonsen and MEDIUM Labs Video director: Greg Niemeyer Color editor: Lisa Esters CGI editor: Oliver Moldow Additional network animator: Brian Lo Archive researcher: Leilah Talukder Greg Niemeyer’s visual design features media preserved in the Internet Archive. Tower Records footage courtesy Center for Sacramento History (CSH)....
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Statement by Dr. Leonard Kleinrock, who made the first Internet hub in 1969. First screening: The concert opening of the World Premiere performance of the Internet Archive & DJ Spooky's QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet on January 25, 2019, 7:30pm at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts Theater, San Francisco. 2017 Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions recipient for music composition.  Composed and performed by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky Visual design by Greg Niemeyer Additional visual design by...
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Internet Archive & DJ Spooky's QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet - A Multimedia Hip Hop Concert Experience About the History and Exponential Growth of the Internet  Composed and performed by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky. Visual design by Greg Niemeyer. Additional visual design by MEDIUM Labs and Roger Antonsen. Featuring Classical Revolution and San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe  01 Chapter 1: Opening Remarks Brewster Kahle, Internet Archive;  Emiko...
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The Hewlett 50 Arts Commission Passport for 2017 includes information on the ten musical compositions which were awarded grants in 2017.  The Hewlett 50 Arts Commission Passport was given to audience members as a tangible souvenir of the  World Premiere performance of the Internet Archive & DJ Spooky's QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet which p remiered on January 25, 2019, 7:30pm at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts Theater, San Francisco. Audience members were encouraged to stamp...
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Program for World Premiere performance of the Internet Archive & DJ Spooky's QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet 2017 Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions recipient for music composition. Premiered on January 25, 2019, 7:30pm at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts Theater, San Francisco. Composed and performed by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky Visual design by Greg Niemeyer Additional visual design by MEDIUM Labs and Roger Antonsen Featuring Classical Revolution and San Francisco Girls Chorus,...
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Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky tests out the new DJ VR gear created for QUANTOPIA, in collaboration with MEDIUM Labs. Internet Archive & DJ Spooky's QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet 2017 Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions recipient for music composition.  Premiered on January 25, 2019, 7:30pm at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts Theater, San Francisco. Composed and performed by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky Visual design by Greg Niemeyer Additional visual design by MEDIUM Labs and Roger...
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Poster for World Premiere performance of the Internet Archive & DJ Spooky's QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet 2017 Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions recipient for music composition. Premiered on January 25, 2019, 7:30pm at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts Theater, San Francisco. Composed and performed by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky Visual design by Greg Niemeyer Additional visual design by MEDIUM Labs and Roger Antonsen Featuring Classical Revolution and San Francisco Girls Chorus,...
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Postcard for World Premiere performance of the Internet Archive & DJ Spooky's QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet 2017 Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions recipient for music composition. Premiered on January 25, 2019, 7:30pm at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts Theater, San Francisco. Composed and performed by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky Visual design by Greg Niemeyer Additional visual design by MEDIUM Labs and Roger Antonsen Featuring Classical Revolution and San Francisco Girls Chorus,...
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Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky in rehearsal with the San Francisco Girls Chorus,  on January 23, 2019, preparing for the world premiere of QUANTOPIA. Internet Archive & DJ Spooky's QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet 2017 Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions recipient for music composition.  Premiered on January 25, 2019, 7:30pm at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts Theater, San Francisco. Composed and performed by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky Visual design by Greg Niemeyer Additional visual...
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Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions 2017 Music Composition Artist Quote: DJ Spooky 1200 x 627 "Artists need support now more than ever! Given that we are shifting further into the 'creative economy' it's not just about tech or what software you are using to make music. It's about IDEAS."  DJ Spooky 2017 Recipient for Music Composition
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QUANTOPIA Facebook Cover Photo Art by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky
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Student Engagement Materials booklet created for the 1/25/19 school day performance of the Internet Archive & DJ Spooky's QUANTOPIA: THE EVOLUTION OF THE INTERNET.  Commissioned by Internet Archive with major support from William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Presented in association with YBCA, and produced by Sozo Artists with additional support from Sozo Impact, Inc.
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QUANTOPIA rehearsal with Valérie Sainte-Agathe and the San Francisco Girls Chorus, prior to the school day performance of QUANTOPIA in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater. Video by Pax X of MEDIUM Labs.
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QUANTOPIA Poster Landscape  Art by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky
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Welcome letter from Deborah Cullinan, CEO of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Program Insert for World Premiere performance of the Internet Archive & DJ Spooky's QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet.  2017 Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions recipient for music composition. Premiered on January 25, 2019, 7:30pm at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts Theater, San Francisco. Composed and performed by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky  Visual design by Greg Niemeyer  Additional visual design by MEDIUM...
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